Raytheon awarded $13.5M task order modification on FOCUS contract Raytheon and its partner team have been awarded a $13.5M task order modification on the Warfighter Field Operations Customer Support contract to add more Afghan pilots to the New Dawn training program. An additional 24 fixed-wing and four rotary-wing Afghan Air Force pilots will be trained. Based in the United Arab Emirates, the New Dawn program trains Afghan Air Force Officers to a level equivalent to a commercial pilot certification. Upon graduation, the pilots return to Afghanistan for service as aviators in that nation's Air Force.
Boeing, SMBC Aviation announce order for 80 737 MAXs Boeing and SMBC Aviation Capital announced an order for 80 737 MAX 8s, valued at more than $8.5B at list prices. This is the largest single order for 737 MAXs from a leasing company and will help SMBC Aviation Capital grow its portfolio of high-demand, fuel-efficient airplanes. Boeing's Current Market Outlook forecasts that airlines will need more than 25,600 single-aisle airplanes like the 737 MAX over the next 20 years.